A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
This Sunday in Worship
Services at 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Fourth Sunday in Lent
UMCOR Sunday (learn more here)
Message: Rev. Mark Fowler
Text: Hebrews 5:5-10
Music: The Chamber Choir will sing at 9 a.m. The Quadrilateral Quartet will provide the musical offerings at the 11:15 service. 

Don't Forget! Spring Forward This Sunday!  
Despite the weather outside, Spring is on the way! Clocks jump ahead this weekend. Be sure to set yours ahead on Saturday so you don't miss church on Sunday. And don't worry - we'll have extra coffee to make up for that lost hour of sleep!

This Sunday in Christian Formation
Classes at 10:15 a.m.

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers 
Noah's Ark Nursery, adjacent to Fellowship Hall, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Narthex

Sunday School Classes for Children and Youth
Lower level

Biblical Economics: Contrasting Visions for our Future
Part 2 of examining the new tax law through a biblical economics lens that focuses on people

On February 12, President Trump introduced an initiative to spur new infrastructure spending. What is infrastructure, and what role does it play in our everyday lives? How does our faith intersect with concerns about infrastructure?

Theology in the 21st Century
Chapter 3 of Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know by John Kaltner

Farewell to Seth   
Last week in services Seth, our Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, announced he'd be moving on from First UMC and this week we're celebrating our time with him! Join us for a farewell reception during coffee hour this Sunday between services as we share our appreciation for Seth and our blessings for this next chapter of his life. The reception will be  hosted by the Youth Council and held in the Van Dyke Youth Area of the Lower Level. 

Looking Ahead:  Holy Week at FUMC  

Palm Sunday, March 25 
9 a.m. - Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
10:15 a.m. - Palm Procession Into the City 
11:15 a.m. - Remembering the Passion of Christ
Join us for the full morning of worship and fellowship as we welcome Festus the donkey back and worship with two different morning services!
Monday, March 26-Wednesday, March 28 
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Private Prayer and Meditation in the sanctuary
Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7 p.m. - A Service of Foot Washing and Holy Communion
Good Friday, March 30 
12-3 p.m. - A Service of The Seven Last Words (Drop-in worship organized in 20-minute segments)
6:00 p.m. - The Gathering - a First Century meal and dramatic retelling from some who knew Jesus and were present on Golgotha's Hill (see announcement below)
Easter Sunday, April 1 
9 and 11:15 a.m. - Worship Celebrations of Resurrection
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Free Community Easter Dinner


The Gathering: A Good Friday Experience
Join us on Friday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a meal and fellowship with those who were present at Christ's crucifixion. Hear reflections from those closest to him as they remember his life and ministry in this pre-resurrection, Good Friday experience. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased on Sundays in the Octagon or throughout the week at the Welcome Center. Vegetarian and Gluten free options will be available. Childcare provided. 

Proud Theater at FUMC  
Proud Theater, Wisconsin's premier LGBTQ+ Youth Theater organization, in collaboration with Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and FUMC, will hold its third annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference, 'Connections III: Portraits of Us'. The event is open to members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  More information and registration here.  

March For Our Lives Madison
On March 24,  the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC, and communities nationwide, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. The Madison march will be held at 10 a.m. on March 24 at the Wisconsin State Capitol (corner of State Street and Mifflin,  in front of Wisconsin State Capitol). Learn more here. 

Recycling Opportunities from the Green Team
T he Green Team now has two containers in the octagon where you can drop off the following items to keep them out of the trash. Terricycle will use those items to make picnic tables, piers, and other useful items.  One container is for: b allpoint pens that no longer work,  dryed up markers and caps, m echanical pencils that no longer work, and p ermanent markers and caps.  Another container is for: e mpty toothpaste tubes and caps, u sed toothbrushes, e mpty floss containers, m outhwash bottles and caps, e mpty deodorant containers and  soap packaging.

Race and Religion Opportunities & Resources 
Looking for opportunities to continue the dialogue and learning around race relations? Check out these opportunities happening around Madison in the coming months:
April 3-4 -  Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C.
April 15 - Screening of Alice's Ordinary People at 1 p.m. with filmmaker present at  Black Earth Library. 
April 21 -  Lyons Lecture 
April 25-26 - Rev. Mark will be participating in a panel at Upper House during the  Howard Thurman Conference

Chapel Watercolor Show Ending
Ann Herrold-Peterson's watercolor show will be ending by mid-March, to make way for the next installation in the Chapel.  If you are interested in purchasing an original watercolor painting, you can check out prices here. A very special "thank you" to FUMC for sponsoring this solo show. I have been both thrilled and humbled by the congregation's generous support! - Ann

Wesleyan Heritage in England: Travel and Learn Together
Rev. Mark will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England this summer, July 13-20. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk or contact Rev. Tina for more information. Number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.

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